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How to survive winter

Now I would like to clarify that it’s not actually winter yet, Winter solstice is on the 21st December (sounds so magical doesn’t it!)

However, what with there being snow on the first day of December and very cold temperatures all round, it basically feels like winter now. With the crisp mornings and snowfall comes the disaster: cracked lips, waterfall for a nose, flaky skin, frozen toes etc etc. I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about!
So how to combat it? I haven’t quite mastered the art of getting through winter gracefully but I’m willing to have a good go at it this year! Here are my top five tips, some may seem just a tad obvious but here we go:
  1. Lip balm, carry it everywhere! You too, men. Cracked, bleeding lips target everyone so go grab a tin of Vaseline and shove it in your bottomless pockets! BONUS, it can double up as a hand cream! Just rub some onto those dry patches on your hands; been there, done that. Would recommend!
  2. Now this is for the makeup wearers among us, I’ve decided that I don’t like matte lip things anymore. More so in the winter, just the thought of having to deal with matte lips is making my shoulders tense up, eugh. I’ve started getting into lipglosses, there are some out there that aren’t super gloopy! They’re a better alternative in my opinion because they kinda help out in the dry lips department instead of making it worse, as matte lipsticks would! I’ve only got one lipgloss at the moment, so I’ve taken to layering it over existing lipsticks I have to mix it up a little!
  3. Packets of tissues, have multiple. Your friends may not be as prepared and that stuff runs out fast so try to have at least two packs on you at any one time. Maybe one in your coat pocket and then another in your bag?
  4.  Ok this one may not work for some people depending on the type of shoes you wear, but I’m planning on wearing those fluffy “bed socks” with a pair of heeled boots that I have that are a size too big. Also, why are they called bed socks? Who wears socks to bed? My feet would get so sweaty :/ Do you wear socks to bed? Let me know! But anyway, even if you can’t wear fluffy socks, you could wear some ankle socks over your tights or wear multiple pairs of socks! Anything to keep those toes intact.
  5. Speaking of tights, don’t you hate it when you take one step out of the door and your tights have already fallen down well below your crotch and you have to do that awkward pulling-tights-up and-trying-not-to-flash-anyone thing? The only semi solution I’ve come up with thus far is tucking my top into my tights and then putting my skirt on. It isn’t foolproof but it has helped my tights stay up for way longer that they usually would’ve. This trick can usually last me the whole school day!
That’s all I’ve got today guys, until next time!
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I don’t use face wash

And my face is loving it!

Since I was about 12 I’ve been using various face washes, my acne phase properly started at 13 and didn’t really calm down until… well, until I stopped using face washes really. Going on the pill back in August helped a bit but I was still having regular breakouts.

I decided to switch to natural methods because a) I began to notice the same pattern with all the face washes I used, I would notice a reduction in my spots for the first few uses and then after that there would be no effect. I’d just be drying out my skin massively twice a day, not really a nice feeling. And b­­) Being south Asian and all, natural methods are the go to and it seemed like it was so obvious for me to give them a go!

For the most part of these past few months, I’ve been using rose water as my “face wash” I would spray a bit on my face and also onto a cotton pad and then just wipe it all off, along with all the dirt on my face. I’d of course then moisturise afterwards. The bonus was that I could get a bottle of rose water for as little as 70p! I have noticed a reduction in my spots but something that I’ve never had before is a reduction in oil, my skin has been considered oily for years. I couldn’t get through a school day without my skin turning into a grease ball. Now, I can get through the whole day and just be a tiny bit oily on my nose and that be it! Which makes sense as my skin is no longer being stripped of all its necessary oils on a daily basis.

I’ve now started experimenting with using honey as a face wash (literally just some honey from my kitchen!) and now using my rose water as a toner. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and I’ve had friends and family commenting on my lack of spots, and the spots that do pop up usually don’t last long and aren’t as inflamed as they used it be. I do really hate the smell and taste of honey but if it’s helping my skin clear up I’m sure I can tolerate it. Honey (the more raw the honey, the better it is btw) has the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities necessary without the excessive drying tendencies of your standard foaming face wash. Usually cheaper too, so an all-round win!

Along with exfoliating about twice a week, that’s all I do to my face and it has improved massively!

Until next time 🙂

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